Intensive Child-Centered Play Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Pilot Study
To investigate the effectiveness of intensive child-centered play therapy (CCPT) for children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the authors randomly assigned 23 children with diagnosed ASD and symptoms of ASD on the Social Responsiveness Scale–2nd Edition (Constantino, 2012), to an intensive CCPT condition (n = 12) or a no-intervention control group (n = 11). Children who participated in 24 sessions of CCPT showed a statistically significant decrease in ASD core symptoms and behavioral symptoms, such as externalizing problems, attention problems, and aggression, compared with children in the control group. Implications are discussed.
autism spectrum disorder, externalizing problems, play therapy, randomized controlled trial, treatment
Schottelkorb, April A., Karrie L. Swan, and Yumiko Ogawa. "Intensive Child‐Centered Play Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum: A Pilot Study." Journal of counseling & development 98, no. 1 (2020): 63-73.
Journal of Counseling and Development